March 19, 2017, 1:05 pm
It’s Sunday again so it’s time for some DFS advice. Today I’ll be focusing on my tournament picks for the main slate and as always they will reflect FanDuel prices. This Sunday is devoid of any marquee match-ups but there are still some interesting games that should provide some nice value for us DFSers. Let’s get started.
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Goran Dragic: $7,800
One of the match-ups I will be focusing on is this Heat-Blazers game since it should be high-scoring and played at a decent pace. Dragic has had two fantastic games in a row scoring 40+ FDP in both. He should be in line for huge minute as always and has a nice matchup with the defensively susceptible backcourt of Lillard and McCollum.
Patty Mills: $4,500
Mills has been great while Parker and Murray have been out and on top of that he double-doubled last time against the Kings. While Tony Parker is back, I’m sure the Spurs will be watching his minutes tonight in a game where the Spurs are double-digit point favorites. Mills should also receive a nice bump in usage with Manu Ginobli sidelined.
*Note: consider Jordan Clarkson
Josh Richardson: $4,100
With Waiters out, Richardson saw 32 minutes last game and represents one of the biggest bargains on the board today. He has a pretty safe floor against a defensively weak Portland squad. I only need him to hit 20 FDP and he will have served his purpose.
Nick Young: $3,700
Another bargain at the two-guard position, Young just has to do what Richardson does: get to 20. I don’t think I’m too crazy to believe that both guys can get 25+ FDP, either. Deploy confidently in a high-scoring game.
LeBron James: $12,000
The King is back and should lead the charge in dismantling the young and disoriented Lakers squad. James typically rewards players for picking him right after being rested as he comes out looking like a new man. Deploying LeBron in all formats as your centerpiece is a very nice idea.
Paul George: $8,400
George has looked great recently, stringing together high scoring games one after another. This game with the Raptors may end up being the lowest scoring game of the day but with the lack of value at the SF position tonight I feel good about using PG-13 in an expensive duo with LeBron.
*Note: Consider Kawhi Leonard for tournaments only
Julius Randle: $6,700
Randle’s upside has always been there but recently it has been huge, exactly what you want for a mid-priced tournament player. The Cavs are not strong at guarding power forwards by any means and a player with as versatile a skill-set as Randle could be the one responsible for possibly keeping this game close.
James Johnson: $5,900
The third and final Heat player in my lineup. Miami is rolling right now and Johnson has been doing a little of everything all while getting consistent minutes. He should be able to hit value tonight and is one of the safest plays as the Heat look to secure a playoff berth.
Jusuf Nurkic: $6,300
My favorite play of this lineup and I’m sure many others will say the same (meaning high ownership). However, if he can put up the type of all-around production we’ve been seeing recently then he’s somewhat of a must-play. He can be utilized in all formats at his affordable price.
*Note: consider Ivica Zubac for great value
September 22, 2019, 9:20 pmFurkan KorkmazSG, Philadelphia Sixers
After an injury-plagued sophomore campaign for the Sixers, Furkan Korkmaz knows this season will be crucial for his future and he is hoping to make big strides this year.
The one thing Korkmaz has going for him is his shooting ability and that is something the Sixers could surely utilize on this roster. It did not click last season, but Korkmaz will get another chance to prove his worth at some point this season. Still, it is hard to picture him coming out of the gate with a big role on opening night.
September 22, 2019, 9:08 pmNikola MiroticPF, Milwaukee Bucks
On Sunday, Nikola Mirotic dropped 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting for Barcelona.
Mirotic's opening appearance for his new EuroLeague club, Barcelona, resulted in a victory, and he did not have to work too hard for most of his buckets at the Supercopa Endesa versus Valencia. Mirotic should find quick success during his return to European basketball, but NBA fantasy players will surely be missing his presence stateside.
September 22, 2019, 8:56 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Coach Dwane Casey spoke highly of Bruce Brown’s defensive play, calling him an ‘elite defender.’
Brown remains in contention for a starting spot with the Pistons, but he is not a high-usage player, and the Pistons have stocked up with offensive threats such as Derrick Rose and the immortal Joe Johnson. It will be tough for Brown to rack up enough touches or minutes this season.
September 22, 2019, 8:41 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
There is some optimism in league circles about Kevin Durant's (Achilles) chances of playing this season, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
Looking back on Durant's decision to return during the Finals, the Nets may want to exude caution when considering KD's return to action. However, Durant is pursuing his rehab with a sense of purpose, and it would be great to see him get back on the court this season. We'll keep you posted when a real timeline on Durant's rehab emerges. This news does not make him a target on draft day for standard leagues.
Source: New York Post
September 22, 2019, 10:40 amLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. is the presumed favorite to start at PF heading into training camp according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
Fedor went on to speculate that Nance Jr. could see a lot of time at the four while Kevin Love starts at center and Tristan Thompson and John Henson compete for back up minutes behind those two. Any uptick in playing time would be a huge boost to the per-minute dynamo that Nance Jr is, and a starting role with a new coaching staff bodes well for that. He's trending in the right direction.
September 21, 2019, 9:45 pmKevin KnoxSF, New York Knicks
Coach Fizdale told the Knicks players that no starters have been determined and players had to earn their minutes.
Kevin Knox will battle with veteran Marcus Morris for the starting small forward spot. Knox has been working on getting his body stronger to be able to take on more contact on drives to the basket. Last season as a rookie, he averaged 12.8 points on a putrid 37 percent from the field. Knox will look to get more looks closer to the basket and increase his field goal percentage to more respectable levels. Knox provided little else outside of points and rebounds last season and will need to improve his shooting and defense to be considered a standard-league player.
Source: New York Post
September 21, 2019, 5:13 pmBol BolC, Denver Nuggets
According to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, Bol Bol could spend his entire rookie season in the G-League.
Bol Bol was not drafted to be an immediate impact player, but just fell too late fore the Nuggets liking. The 44th overall pick needs to bulk up and show that he could take the bumps and bruises before having his chance on the big stage.
Source: Nick Kosmider of The Athletic
September 21, 2019, 9:21 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
After speaking with Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank, Dan Woike's takeaway is that Kawhi Leonard's "load management" will not be as strict as it was last year.
It was reported in July that Kawhi said he wants to play all next season fully and approach load management on a game-to-game basis so this is further confirmation that he will most likely play more than the 60 games he played last year but surely won't play all 82 either. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports speculates that this could be for several reasons. One could be that Leonard can take on more now that he is a little healthier while he believes the Clippers might also limit his per-game minutes to help him play more games. The other idea is that because the Western Conference is so deep, the Clippers will not be able to get a good seed if Leonard sits too many games. Fantasy wise, Leonard finished last season seventh in per game value but 18th in total value since he played only 60 games. Near the top of the second round would be a great place to snag him if he plays around 70 games this season.
Source: Dan Woike on Twitter
September 21, 2019, 8:31 amMalik BeasleySG, Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets want to extend Malik Beasley and Juan Hernagomez before the October 21 deadline.
The Nuggets already locked up one of their 2016 first-round picks (Jamal Murray) to a long-term deal and now want to do the same with their other two 2016 first-round picks, Hernangomez and Beasley. If not, the two will likely become restricted free-agents at the end of the season. Both players saw stretches of big minutes last season due to injuries but at full health, Beasley was around 20 minutes per game while Hernangomez was at around 10. Fantasy wise, neither player puts up big defensive stats but Beasley is a very efficient shooter with low turnovers, knocking down 2.0 triples per game last year, putting him near top-150 value at only 23.2 minutes per game. Hernangomez is a decent rebounder and knocked down 0.9 triples per game but he would need closer to 30 minutes per game to be a factor in standard leagues.
Source: Denver Post
September 20, 2019, 8:49 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."
With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.
Source: The Athletic